verb \ˈpərj\

: to remove people from an area, country, organization, etc., often in a violent and sudden way

: to cause something to leave the body


Full Definition of PURGE

transitive verb
a :  to clear of guilt
b :  to free from moral or ceremonial defilement
a :  to cause evacuation from (as the bowels)
b (1) :  to make free of something unwanted <purge a manhole of gas> <purge yourself of fear>
(2) :  to free (as a boiler) of sediment or relieve (as a steam pipe) of trapped air by bleeding
c (1) :  to rid (as a nation or party) by a purge
(2) :  to get rid of <the leaders had been purged>
intransitive verb
:  to become purged
:  to have or produce frequent evacuations
:  to cause purgation
purg·er noun

Examples of PURGE

  1. High-ranking officials were purged from the company following the merger.
  2. <a day on which the faithful are expected to purge themselves of their sins through prayer and fasting>

Origin of PURGE

Middle English, from Anglo-French purger, from Latin purigare, purgare to purify, purge, from purus pure + -igare (akin to agere to drive, do) — more at act
First Known Use: 14th century



: the often violent and sudden removal of people from an area, country, organization, etc.

Full Definition of PURGE

:  something that purges; especially :  purgative
a :  an act or instance of purging
b :  the removal of elements or members regarded as undesirable and especially as treacherous or disloyal

First Known Use of PURGE



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